Vaishakh Shukla Ashtami is celebrated as Ma Bagalamukhi Jayanti as she is believed to have been born on this day. A person should keep a fast on this day and should also worship Ma Bagalamukhi. This day is celebrated with a lot of excitement all around the country. Many Yagyas and other religious practices are also organized on this day. Devotees offer prayers in the day time and the night is used for a Bhagvati Jagran.
Ma Bagalamukhi relieves a person from problems related to his enemies and negative energies. Ma Bagalamukhi is also known as Pitambara. It is believed that she loves yellow colour and hence, material which is yellow in colour is used for her puja etc. Ma Bagalamukhi’s complexion is also a shade of yellow and a person should wear yellow coloured clothes while worshipping Ma Bagalamukhi.
Devi Bagalamukhi is considered to be the eighth Mahavidya out of ten Mahavidyas. She possesses immense power and is worshipped to be victorious over enemies, arguments etc. Worshipping her relieves a person from all sorts of problems. Bagala has been derived from the Sanskrit word, Valga. This means ‘bride’ in Sanskrit. Ma Bagalamukhi has been given this name because of her beauty.
Ma Bagalamukhi can be seen riding a beautiful chariot and sitting on a throne. Both of these are embedded with gemstones. Ma Bagalamukhi’s devotees are victorious in every field. She is most impressed if yellow flowers and coconut are dedicated to her. Deepaks should also be dedicated with turmeric. Yellow clothes can also be offered. Reciting Ma Bagalamukhi’s mantras relieves a person from all problems.
A legend about Ma Bagalamukhi is very famous. According to this legend, there was a destructive storm at the time of Satyug. This storm started destroying everything and people became helpless. There was no one to protect the world. Seeing this, even Lord Vishnu was worried.
Lord Vishnu started worshipping Lord Shiva who told him that only Goddess Shakti could solve this crisis. Lord Vishnu offered his austerities and prayers near Hardira Sarovar. Goddess Shakti was impressed by his devotion and appeared in front of him through Mahapit Devi’s heart near the Haridra lake of Saurashtra district.
On the night of Chaturdashi tithi, she appeared as Ma Bagalamukhi and blessed Lord Vishnu with a boon. Hence, the destructive storm could finally be stopped. Ma Bagalamukhi is also known as Beer Rati as she is considered to be equivalent to Lord Brahma’s weapons. Devi is also a form of Siddh Vidya. She is even worshipped by Tantriks.
On the day of Bagalamukhi Jayanti, devotees should wake up early to offer prayers to Ma Bagalamukhi. They should do this while wearing yellow coloured clothes. A person should perform sadhan in isolation or with an experienced sadhak. To worship Ma Bagalamukhi, a person should sit on a platform covered with yellow cloth. He should be facing east. Such a person should also paste a photo or painting of Ma Bagalamukhi in front of him.
After this, hands should be washed and lamps should be lit. Yellow rice, haridra, yellow flowers and dakshina should be held and prayers should be offered. Following the principles of Brahmacharya is necessary during this puja. For reciting mantras, the puja yantra is made of Chickpeas dal and should be kept on a silver utensil.
A person worshipping Ma Bagalamukhi possesses immense power. These mantras are very beneficial if recited in the right way. Bagalamukhi Kavach path is necessary before reciting Bagalamukhi mantra. Ma Bagalamukhi is worshipped to be victorious over enemies and arguments.